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Monday, August 26, 2013

Dynamic Prop Balance/ Oil Change and Continued Flying

So I am not updating this blog much anymore since really I haven’t’ been doing much work on the plane.   I don’t want to take it offline and risk missing a weekend, so I am waiting until later in September for some of the remaining fiberglass work.  I did get the prop dynamically balanced, which does make a noticeable difference.  The plane isn’t any smoother, but when you touch the metal structure, or the wiring up under the panel during flight you can tell there is less vibration in it.   So I am glad I balanced it knowing that it does make a difference.   I also changed the oil/filter for the 3rd time after 25 hours.  I think I will stick with changing every 25 hours since from this point forward I will be putting consistent hours on the plane.

This weekend I took Bekah over the Cascades for the first time and we headed to Spokane to visit a friend from college and his family.   Was a great trip, had to go VFR on top at 11500 to get over there.  Coming back we were between layers but were able to get in at 8500, so some better views of the mountains.   All in all it was a great trip to eastern Washington, but I was anxious to get home when Sunday came.   Getting back over the mountains can be dicey no matter what time of year.  We made it though, so all was good.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Magical day to circumnavigate Puget Sound and the Islands !

What a fun day in the RV. !   Bekah and I took off from Paine field and I promptly gave her some exciting “unusual attitudes”  (RV Pilots will know what that means) followed by the short flight over to Port Townsend (Jefferson County Airport).   We landed there and realized that the Spruce Goose Café was closed due to fire a week or so back, but it will be reopening soon which is great.   But no problem for us because we are in an RV, so we taxied back, took off in route to Skagit Bay View airport.   Stopped and grabbed lunch at the Kitty Hawk Café which Bekah had never been to, so that was fun.   From there we decided to head up to Eastsound on Orcas Island.  Landed there and walked down to the water for a bit, then headed back to Paine Field.   What an amazing and magical day to circumnavigate Puget Sound !

Click "HERE" for a great short video of our departure from Eastsound !

Places we have been in our RV-7 ! (Blue 2013, Yellow 2014, Green 2015, Purple 2016, Red 2017)